Preparative Herbal Remedies

Proactive - Resilience - Comprehensive

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Benjamin Franklin
"...unique teaching style of Wood and Light cannot be beat." 
" uses for herbs that I would not learn anywhere else!" 
"...quite enjoyable...full of valuable knowledge..."

Why get sick?

This class delves into the field of Preventative Remedies emphasizing the importance of fortifying our health to face the challenges of acute diseases, particularly in light of concerns about natural or man-made epidemics. The course explores modern and traditional approaches to preparing for seasonal illnesses with a focus on vitamin supplements, plant extracts, herbs, and traditional remedies to bolster resistance.
What You'll Learn:
  • Principles of Preparative Medicine: Understand the foundational principles of natural illness prevention.
  • Vitamin Supplements and Herbs for Resistance: Explore the use of vitamin supplements and herbs to enhance your resistance to diseases, whether as a general protective measure or at the onset of stress.
  • Traditional Techniques: Delve into traditional methods including the use of herbs such as Astragalus from Traditional Chinese Medicine to strengthen the periphery of your skin.
  • Wisdom of Herbs for Protecting the Skin and Periphery: Learn about traditional strengthening teas used by North American Native people, including Sumach, Witch Hazel, Sweet Fern, and Ledum/Labrador Tea.
  • Southern Blood Medicine and Seasonal Implications: Understand the connection between Southern blood medicine and seasonal changes, with a focus on identifying symptoms related to skin conditions and blood characteristics.
  • Additionally, Matthew and Phyllis provide insights on herbal remedies to protect against seasonal health challenges.
You'll also learn about:
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Case Histories of Vitamin Deficiencies
  • The importance of mucus membranes
  • Liver as a Food
    Vitamin D and Deficiency
  • The Impact of Lack of Sunlight
  • Zinc, Manganese, and Chromium
  • Skin/Mucosal Tissue Relationship
  • Skin and Pore Health
    Saunas, Sweat Baths, and Sweat Lodges
  • Various herbs are mentioned during the class, including St. John’s Wort, Elder, Yarrow, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Rabbit Tobacco, Queen Anne’s Lace, Pine, and others, with a focus on their contributions to overall health.
  • and more...
Overall, this class provides a comprehensive understanding of preparative remedies and traditional herbal approaches to safeguard your health, particularly in the face of seasonal challenges.


Support Materials

35 page document from Matthew Wood

(not downloadable)
Support Materials

5 page document from Phyllis D. Light

(not downloadable)

2 hours of teaching


Certificate included
(see more below)

Pay Once = One Year Access

1 year to view and review content, ask questions and discuss

This is for you if you...

want the essential knowledge needed to proactively fortify your health, equipping you to face acute diseases with resilience.
want holistic exploration of both modern and traditional approaches to staving off seasonal illnesses.
are sick and tired of succumbing to seasonal cough, cold and flu.

Upon completion, you will...

be able to apply the principles of preventing illness by natural means in your daily life with vitamin supplements, herbs, and traditional techniques.
see how traditional methods and modern findings align, fortifying the evidence of the wisdom of these approaches.
understand the imperative role that the skin and mucous membranes play and how to help it be in tip-top condition.


Matthew Wood, MS

Matthew began studying herbalism at age 13. After university studies, he began practice in 1981. He is the author of ten books on herbal medicine, including The Book of Herbal MedicineThe Earthwise Herbal Repertory, and Holistic Medicine & the Extracellular Matrix.

Phyllis D. Light, MA 

As 4th generation herbalist, Phyllis started with lessons from her grandmother who taught from her Creek/Cherokee heritage. Phyllis has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for 30+ years. She is the author of Southern Folk Medicine and co-author of Traditional Western Herbalism Pulse Evaluation.

Certificate Included

  • How to Get a Certificate

    • Complete course materials
    • Pass the test with a grade of 70% or better
    • Save or print your certificate!

    Available with subscription and individual course purchases.

  • Accreditation hours

    This course is a total of 3 accredited hours
    • 3 hours Practice Management and Ethics

    *Please check with your accrediting agency whether they will accept accredited hours or certificates from the Matthew Wood Institute of Herbalism
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